Don’t Miss These Amazing Instrumental Performances!

The MHS Band would like to remind our public that we have concerts coming up soon!  Due to the nature of both concerts, our normal admissions will be suspended in favor of donations.

Friday, March 4th. 7pm in the MHS auditorium.  The concert will be the MHS Symphonic Band and Central Middle School Concert Bands.  The concert will begin with Central Middle School.  The MHS Symphonic Band will include a multimedia video presentation to go along with one of their pieces – Pirates of the Caribbean!

Then, on Thursday, March 10th, 7pm in the Muscatine High School Auditorium,  you do not want to miss the amazing pops concert planned by the MHS Band and Orchestra Departments!  The MHS Wind Ensemble, MHS Varsity Orchestra, and MHS Symphony will present a concert to include many popular selections from movies and other pop music venues.  The concert will begin at 7pm in the Muscatine High School Auditorium with the MHS String Orchestra.  It will end with a grand finale by the MHS Wind Ensemble featuring guest artist Dr. Courtney Jones from the University of Iowa on Trumpet.

Courtney Dion Jones is an established artist on trumpet who has performed widely in the United States and internationally. jones_courtney_highWhile performing with various ensembles, either as a soloist or accompanist, he explores multiple genres and musical disciplines. Although he focuses primarily on Contemporary Classical music, he also ventures into the jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, world music, and commercial idioms.

Courtney completed his secondary and undergraduate education in Columbus, Georgia. While completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbus State University, he participated in many performances, clinics, and festivals with Columbus State University ensembles. He has recorded with well-known artists (such as Jens Lindemann, Joseph Alessi, John Bruce Yeh, and the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble), and has performed with (and served as the artistic director for) the Auburn Knights Jazz Orchestra in Auburn, Alabama. He has also won solo awards and scholarships through various festivals and regional and national trumpet competitions.

While completing his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, Courtney Jones studied trumpet with J. Carlton Rowe, former principal of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He performed with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind and Brass Ensemble, the Loudon Symphony Orchestra of Leesburg Virginia, and also freelanced in the greater Washington DC area.

The MHS Wind Ensemble will feature Dr. Jones on two pieces as part of their concert: Czardas, and Someone to Watch Over Me both accompanied by the Muscatine High School Wind Ensemble.  We encourage you to attend this concert to see this great musician live in concert!


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